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The writings of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (RSRH) deeply resonate with many people today, as they have since the time he penned them in the middle of the nineteenth century, using them to recreate a community of modern, Torah-faithful Jews in Frankfurt that had all but disappeared. Many find that, ironically, his words seem more suited for our times than when he composed them. He stands almost alone among commentators in dealing with many themes of modernity: cultrual evolution; our relationships with non-Jews; the Jewish mission to the rest of civilization; freedom of the will versus determinism; autonomy and totalitarianism; understanding the impact of paganism on the ancient world. Of course, his treatment of symbolism.

Each week, we will present some thought of RSRH on the parshah. Most will be taken from his great commentary on the Torah. Recognizing that his language is often a barrier to students, we will take his thought and completely retool and reframe it. We hope that the kernel thought will be faithful to him, while the development will remain the responsibility of the author.

We hope that these offerings will prove to be an inspiring and enlightening weekly foray into the rich world of the contribution of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch.

If you'd like, you can see the list of all archived Rav Hirsch articles on the Parsha, or the index to all archived Torah Portion articles.



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The Sign of the Olive
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5767

What Goes Around Comes Around
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5760

Taking the Initiative
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5772

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

People In Stone Houses Shouldn
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5773

The Miracle of Free Will
Rabbi Elly Broch - 5765

Window to the World
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5762

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Send The Guinea Pig!
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5757

A Flood of Something...
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

Rabbi Frand on Parshas Noach
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5770

> One for the Birds
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5756

Not Just Despite, but Because of!
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5759

Sins Committed In Private Ultimately Lead To a Violent Society
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5765


Noah's Spiritual Leadership
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5771

Can You Enjoy While Others Lack?
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5759

Gevuros and History
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5763

Compliments -- In The Presence And Outside The Presence Of A Person
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5774

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